Program Session

1 - Providing Support for an Interdisciplinary Research Group with a Multidisciplinary Informationist Team: Is It Effective?

Monday, May 29
10:35 AM - 10:50 AM
Room: 603

Objectives: Three subject librarians and a data librarian, representing three departments and two libraries at a university, were awarded an NLM Informationist Supplement to support an interdisciplinary Research Group. The Informationist Team developed and tested a model to utilize the skills of multiple librarians to inform future support for the increasing number of interdisciplinary and interprofessional research groups at the university.

Methods: The Informationist Team provided many services, including literature searches, creating search alerts, bibliographic citation management and sharing, and data management support to an interdisciplinary Research Group over a two year period. Librarians routinely attended lab meetings and shared notes with each other in a group document to monitor researcher needs and questions. Methods were developed to insure all Research Group information needs were met. Two new library workshops were also developed after observing researcher needs. Graduate students were encouraged to attend data management boot camps held in the Libraries. Surveys were administered to the Research Group prior to, during, and after a two-year period to assess the effectiveness of an Informationist Team model that employs the skills of multiple librarians.

Results: Surveys administered to the Research Group showed that the group increased their use of appropriate resources to find scientific and technical information over a two-year period. Additionally, by the final survey, all members of the Research Group had worked with a librarian and all felt it had saved them time. The data librarian also facilitated the creation of a form to collect data for a lab protocol that helped the group avoid significant errors.

Conclusion: The relationship between the multidisciplinary Informationist Team and the Research Group was mutually beneficial. The Research Group was able to improve its knowledge and efficiency with the Informationist Team’s assistance, and regular librarian attendance at lab meetings enabled librarians to enhance their understanding of basic science research. Having a multidisciplinary team of librarians allowed for sharing the workload and for deeper assistance to the Research Group in specialized areas such as data management.

Keywords: Informationist, team librarianship model, interdisciplinary, interprofessional, data management, biomedical research support,



Program Session

Margaret Henderson

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Ramona, CA

Margaret Henderson, AHIP, was director, Research Data Management, and associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries. She is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Henderson is the author of "Data Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians" from Rowman and Littlefield (Nov 2016). She recently moved to California and is enjoying life in the San Diego area.

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Karen Gau

Research and Education Librarian
Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
Richmond, Virginia

Karen H. Gau, MLIS, AHIP, is the Health Sciences Collections Librarian at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. Prior to working in collections, she worked with the basic sciences departments in Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine, as well as the university's Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

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Julie Arendt

Science and Engineering Research Librarian
VCU Libraries
Richmond, Virginia

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Martha Roseberry

Science and Engineering Research Librarian
VCU Libraries
Richmond, Virginia

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John Cyrus

Research & Education Librarian
Tompkins-McCaw Library / Research and Education
Richmond, Virginia

John Cyrus, M.A., M.L.I.S serves as a Research and Education Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University's Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences in Richmond, Va.

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